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Growing Marijuana in Costa Rica Marijuana Legally Grows on Jamaican University Campus

Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Apr 20 (EFE).- Seeds for the first legal marijuana crop were sown at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica on Monday, a few days after the amendments to the bill decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal and religious purposes came into effect. In a statement, UWI said that Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell p...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica and Nicaragua at the International Court of Justice

THE HAGUE (ICJ Press Release) -- During the public hearings due to open on Tuesday 14 April 2015 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, experts have been called by the Parties in the joined cases concerning Certain Activities carried out by Nicaragua in the Border Area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) and the Construction of a Road in Costa Rica a...

Photo by Eladio Ramirez, U.S. Embassy) U.S. Army Soldiers Train Police Officers in Costa Rica

Photo by Eladio Ramirez, U.S. Embassy) Story by Sgt. 1st Class Anna Doo SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Three highly-skilled noncommissioned officers of the New Mexico Army National Guard shared decades of experience and knowledge in combatives and weapons retention tactics with more than 30 Costa Rican first responders. Police officers, tourist law enforcement officials, narcotics officers and memb...

Source: RREE A Presidential Cabinet Crisis in Costa Rica

Source: RREE From a political standpoint, the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solis in Costa Rica is in shambles. The latest mishap involves a bizarre legislative proposal to reform the National Law on Radio and Television Broadcasting, which has been stuck in mid-20th century regulations. The proposal, which originated at the Executive Branch, took everyone in Costa Rica by surpris...

Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. EFE file Hillary Clinton Waits for Endorsement from US President Obama

Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. EFE file Washington, Apr 13 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama is not ready to formally endorse his ex-secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in her bid for the presidency because it is possible that other hopefuls for the post will appear, including other "friends" of the chief executive, the White House said Monday. A day after Clinton, who was defea...

Cuba Obama – Castro Handshake Deemed Historic for Global Politics

Washington, Apr 12 (EFE).- U.S. media outlets on Sunday discussed the "historic" meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, saying it was a key milestone in a new era of relations between the two countries. The daily Washington Post, which led in its online edition with the Saturday meeting of the two leaders at the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama, ...

Wikimedia Commons In Mexico, Mining Firms Play Drug Cartel Politics

Wikimedia Commons Mexico City, Apr 12 (EFE).- Mining companies negotiate with the drug cartels operating in their areas, making arrangements for exploration projects, Mexican Association of Mining, Metallurgical and Geological Engineers, or AIMMGM, president Manuel Reyes said.   "We ask the mafia for permission, the organized crime groups, and we are able to (operate). Things get re...

Source: Presidencia Costa Rica Presidents of U.S., Costa Rica and Uruguay Exchange Ideas

Source: Presidencia Costa Rica At the 2015 Summit of the Americas in Panama, President Barack Obama of the United States called a special Civil Society Forum, to which only President Luis Guillermo Solís of Costa Rica and Tabaré Vásquez were invited. The topics discussed included: Education, support for the development of small businesses, technical support for the production of clean energy, ...

EFE file photo US President Obama Requests $1 Billion in Aid to Central America

EFE file photo Washington, Apr 9 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama said prior to a regional summit that he remained committed to promoting security and prosperity in Central America and to pushing through an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system.   "Throughout my trip this week (to Jamaica and the April 10-11 Summit of the Americas in Panama City), I'll continue to make the case...

File photo of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro. EFE/File In Cuba, US President Obama Enjoys Greater Approval Than Fidel

File photo of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro. EFE/File Washington, Apr 8 (EFE).- Almost 80 percent of Cubans have a favorable impression of U.S. President Barack Obama, compared with 47 percent who think well of Cuban President Raul Castro and 44 percent who think well of revolutionary leader and former President Fidel Castro, according to the largest opinion survey ever performed in Cuba b...

File photo Secret Edward Snowden Sculpture Appears in New York

File photo New York, Apr 6 (EFE).- A bust of Edward Snowden was secretly placed at a monument to the Revolutionary War fallen in New York by a group of artists who wanted to pay tribute to the former National Security Agency analyst.   The "museum-quality" sculpture, placed on top of a column some eight feet high, was covered with a tarpaulin shortly after being found by municipal e...

File photo of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro. EFE/File Fidel Castro Reappears in Public and Waves to the Crowd

File photo of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro. EFE/File Havana, Apr 4 (EFE).- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro visited a school in Havana last Monday where he happened to meet up with members of a Venezuelan "Solidarity with Cuba" delegation, in what was his first public appearance in more than a year, official media reported Saturday News about Castro's visit to Vilma Espin School, an...

LGBT flag US State Law that Discriminates Against LGBT to be Amended

Washington, Apr 2 (EFE).- The Indiana House of Representatives announced Thursday that it will make changes to the state's controversial law on religious freedom, which has engendered much criticism for allowing discrimination against homosexuals. The head of the lower house, Republican Brian Bosma, said Thursday he wanted to make it "very clear" that the law permits no leeway to "allow discrim...

Senator Menendez, second from right. Wikimedia Commons Hispanic US Senator Faces Serious Corruption Charges

Senator Menendez, second from right. Wikimedia Commons Washington, Apr 1 (EFE).- Sen. Robert Menendez on Wednesday called the corruption charges announced against him completely mistaken, attributing them to "political motivations." The New Jersey lawmaker said he was "angry and ready to fight" the charges in a statement he read in English and Spanish when he appeared before reporters in Ne...

UFO UFO Expert Runs for Governor’s Office in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Mar 31 (EFE).- Popular ufologist Reinaldo Rios has announced his independent run for the governorship of Puerto Rico on a platform of making the island a world center for paranormal tourism. "What I want is to create a Disney World of the infinite space we live in. Many tourists would come here and make investments," Rios said in an interview with Efe. The candidate, who teaches fi...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Canine Excretions Targeted by Legislators in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons If you are used to taking your dog outside for a walk, and for the purpose of tending to certain bodily process, your failure to pick up excretory byproducts could lead to an exorbitant fine ranging from about $800 to nearly $2,400. Such is the gist of a legislative proposal tendered in Costa Rica by the opposition party Social Christian Union (Spanish initials: PUSC)...

Growing Marijuana in Costa Rica The U.S. Capital Celebrates Marijuana Legalization With Seeds

Washington, Mar 27 (EFE).- A group of 30 defenders of marijuana use distributed 15,000 seeds of the plant in Washington D.C. to celebrate the fact that, since a month ago, it has been legal to smoke, plant and possess cannabis, though not to sell it, in the capital of the United States. The promoter of legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Washington, Adam Eidinger, told Efe on Friday th...

Wikimedia Commons Should the US Eliminate Its Military Presence in Latin America?

Source: US Navy By Jesus Sanchis Moscardo Quito, Mar 27 (EFE).- The secretary general of the Union of South American Nations, or Unasur, considers it opportune to "make use of the (April 10-11) Summit of the Americas to reassess relations between the United States and South America." In an interview with Efe, former Colombian President Ernesto Samper said it would be a worthwhile item on...

Wikimedia Commons Revising the Political History of the Aztec Empire

Wikimedia Commons Charlotte, North Carolina, Mar 26 (EFE).- The Aztec empire was not as powerful as previously thought and did not enjoy total domination of its central Mexican heartland, according to a study published by the Journal of Archaeological Science. "The Geopolitics of Obsidian Supply in Postclassic Tlaxcallan" is the product of a collaboration among researchers from North Caroli...

Costa Rica Drug Cartels from Mexico Status of U.S. High-Level Law Enforcement Support to Costa Rica

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Public Security in Costa Rica On March 24th, the United States House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs heard testimony provided by William R. Brownfield, the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The testimony focused on the assistance given to Central Americ...

A pristine beach in Barbados. Wikimedia Commons Farewell to the Queen? Barbados Considers Republic Status

A pristine beach in Barbados. Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Mar 24 (EFE).- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart wants Barbados to renounce Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and declare itself a republic. A spokesperson in the prime minister's office confirmed to Efe on Tuesday that Stuart made "personal" comments in favor of republicanism over the weekend at an activity hosted by the ru...

Wikimedia Commons Guantanamo Prisoners No Longer Given Refuge by Uruguay

Wikimedia Commons Montevideo, Mar 23 (EFE).- Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said Monday that Montevideo absolutely will not accept any more inmates from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, in contrast to the previous government of Jose Mujica, who took in - as refugees - six Middle Eastern men who had been held at the facility. In remarks to the press, Nin Novoa addressed the issue...

Wikimedia Commons New U.S. Presidential Candidate Faces Early Rejection

Wikimedia Commons Washington, Mar 23 (EFE).- Two Latino groups on Monday rejected the presidential candidacy of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, saying that he could alienate Hispanics from that party even more given his "anti-immigrant" stance and his rejection of President Barack Obama's executive action measures on behalf of undocumented immigrants. Cruz, a senator from Texas who was born to a ...

The yellow regions are controlled by rebels. Wikimedia Commons Rebel Forces in Yemen Advance Towards President’s Hideout

The yellow regions are controlled by rebels. Wikimedia Commons Sanaa, Mar 22 (EFE).- The Shiite Houthi rebel movement on the weekend took control of the airport in the southwestern city of Taiz and began sending fighters toward Aden, where Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi lives. Witnesses in Taiz, the country's second-largest city, told Efe that Houthi militias wearing the uniform of...

EFE file Venezuela: Military Action May Follow US Declaration

Supporters of President Maduro rally in Caracas EFE/AGENCIA VENEZOLANA DE NOTICIAS/ Washington, Mar 19 (EFE).- The Obama administration's designation of the situation in Venezuela as a threat to U.S. national security may herald a military intervention, the Venezuelan foreign minister said Thursday at the Organization of American States headquarters in this capital. "History has shown that ...

Pixabay Commons Jamaica Aims to Become Leader in Global Ganja Politics

Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Mar 19 (EFE).- Jamaica is ready to lead discussions in the United Nations about changing international anti-narcotics treaties to acknowledge the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of marijuana. "Jamaica intends to participate, and to lead, if necessary, a process in the United Nations to have those treaties amended or to reflect what I believe is the evidence th...

LGBT flag Two Caribbean Nations Sued for Denying Entry to LGBT People

San Juan, Mar 18 (EFE).- A Jamaican lawyer has filed a lawsuit in the Caribbean Court of Justice aimed at forcing the governments of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize to scrap immigration laws that bar the entry of gays and lesbians. Legal representatives from Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Community made statements Wednesday at a hearing on the suit, court Registry supervisor Nandlal Hardi...

Pixabay Commons European Concerns About China’s Influence in Latin America

Pixabay Commons Panama City, Mar 18 (EFE).- Europe is concerned about its loss of influence in Latin America and China's growing presence in the region, one of the co-presidents of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, or Eurolat, said here. "We worry about no longer being the big economic partner that Europe has been for many Latin American countries, and about being replaced by ...

EFE file Venezuela Issues Immediate Demand to the United States

EFE file New York, Mar 17 (EFE).- Venezuela on Tuesday took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to ask the U.S. government to immediately cease its "hostile actions" against Caracas and to retract the executive order declaring the South American nation to be a threat to its national security. Entitled "Venezuela is not a threat," the ad takes the form of a letter directed at the Americ...

Source: MexicoLeaks WikiLeaks-Style Platform to Fight Corruption in Mexico

Source: MexicoLeaks By Paula Escalada Medrano. Mexico City, Mar 16 (EFE).- Mexicoleaks, an online platform that encourages citizens to leak documents related to wrongdoing by government officials to the media, says it wants to end Mexicans' fear of reporting corruption and abuses of power. "This breaks the sources' natural wariness, the fear of being identified, the fear of violating sec...

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